Sunday, February 14, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: February 14th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: February 14th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Harold J. Roberts Jr., 74, Frackville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday February 13th at his home.

Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Harold and Mary Turkiewicz Roberts. He worked in the custodial department for the Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville until his retirement.

He was a graduate of the former Frackville High School and Penn State University.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janice Gudleski; his brother John Roberts; his nephew Matthew Gudleski.

Harold is survived by his niece Nicole O’Regan and her husband Kevin of Hatboro; brother-in-law, Ben Gudleski, Frackville; his four great nieces and nephew.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Alma Stramaitis
, 94, of Pottsville, formerly of Minersville, passed away at home with her daughter, granddaughter, grandson and great-grandson at her side.

Born on December 31, 1926 in Heckscherville, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Julia Curran O’Brien. She attended St. Kieran School.

She was a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and a current member of St. Michael the Archangel Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.

While Alma enjoyed an occasional casino visit, she was happiest in the presence of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alma never hestitated to offer coffee/tea, a sweet or her opinion to anyone who visited. Anyone who met her always felt welcome.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 53 years, Victor B. Stramaitis, in 2001; six brothers, Robert, Francis, Joseph, Thomas, John, James and Cyril O’Brien; two sisters, Helen O’Brien and Kathleen “Kitty” Androshick; a best friend, Thelma Kulpcavage.

Alma is survived by five children, Victor Stramaitis (spouse, Rochelle), Newville, Debbie Sinko (spouse, David), Minersville, Ronald Stramaitis (spouse, Lisa), Hershey, Judy Downey (spouse, Anthony II), Palmyra, and Lisa Davidson, with whom she resided; eleven grandchildren, Kelli Ann Wenrich (spouse, Nick), Ryan Stramaitis (Erin), David Sinko II (spouse, Michelle), Dr. Nathan Sinko (companion, Kacee Abel), Graeme Sinko (spouse, Samantha), Justin Stramaitis, Jayne Stramaitis, Anthony Downey III (spouse, Christina), Alec Downey (companion, Samantha Fiore), Alyssa Davidson (companion, Bretten Mohl) and Aaron Davidson; seven great grandchildren, Harper Stramaitis, Natalie Sinko, Lillith Sinko, Desi Sinko, Julian Sinko, Laney Stramaitis and Gabriel Mohl. She was expecting two more great-grandchildren in the months to come. She is also survived by her sister, Anna Kozura, Woodland Acres, and a best friend, Georgine Mahall, Minersville; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Saturday from 7:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 9:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Commital will be in Calvary Cemetery, Hillside, Pottsville. Donations to Holy Family Parish are preferred.


Katherine Chelak, 95, of Buck Run, Foster Township, passed away on Thursday at Providence Place in Pine Grove.

Born on January 18, 1926 in Buck Run, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Gober. She was a 1943 graduate of Cass Township High School and was employed in the local garment industry.

She was a homemaker, a caregiver, and the matriarch of a large family. She never forgot a birthday or a special occasion.

A devout Catholic who loved her Church, she was a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.

Preceding her in death were her husband of forty years, Stephen Chelak, and four siblings, Anna Postick, Joseph Gober, Frank Gober and Sophie Borrell.

Katherine is survived by siblings, Josephine Romanko, Pine Grove, Rose Turnowchyk, Lancaster, Paul Gober (spouse, Monica), Sumter, South Carolina, and Thomas “James” Gober (spouse, Marion), Deptford, New Jersey; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 8:00 A.M. Visitation will end promptly at 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 139 Spruce Street, Minersville. Visitors and attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines. Weather permitting, interment will be in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Ryan Township. Donations are preferred to Holy Family Parish, 538 Sunbury Street, Minersville.


Carol L. "Guelle" Lebo
, 89, of Tower City, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Orwin, February 1, 1932, a daughter of the late Charles and Lula Warfel Brown.

Carol was a member of the St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin. She enjoyed going to auctions, painting and decorating her home. She could often be found relaxing at her favorite place, the dam in Kalmia.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Donald R. Lebo, May 22, 2003; an infant daughter, Rosemarie Lebo; a son-in-law, Gary Seiger; an infant grandson, Remington Clyde Seiger; a brother, Charles Brown and three sisters, June Reibsane, Ruth Moyer and Alma Meese.

Surviving are her two daughters, Yvonne Seiger (Ed) and Linda Faust (Bob), both of Tower City; three grandchildren, Hiede Donmoyer (Troy), Jeffrey Seiger (Tina) and Melissa Faust (Warren); ten great grandchildren, Kodie, Natasha, Garrett, Dakotah, Ashley, Brett, Jeffrey Jr., Tia, Tattiana and Madison; nine great great grandchildren, Zoey, Hannah, Khloe, Aven, Logan, Remington Cash, Sawyer, Jasper and Hazel.

Services will be private with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol's name can be made to the Tower Porter EMS, P.O. Box 33, Tower City, PA 17980.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


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